I shared on Thursday that I’ve been reading some rather controversial books. I shared about The Shack on Thursday. Today I want to share with you about the Twilight series.

I tend to be drawn to historical fiction in general. Reading a book about vampires is not anywhere on my radar screen because I like “reality” rather than fantasy. Just ask my husband…I don’t even care for Narnia because it’s not “real.” (Yes, I understand it’s a metaphor for the Christian life—but I prefer the real thing rather than a metaphorical story!)

So several months ago my 12-year-old son wanted to read the Twilight series. I knew very little about the series, but I felt I couldn’t say “yes” or “no” unless I really knew what I was talking about. So I reluctantly began reading book one of the series. I’m currently on book three. It’s entertaining reading but honestly I’m extremely concerned that so many pre-teens and teens are reading the series.

Why? Because the book is not about “young love” like so many say it is. I don’t believe it’s innocent fiction. The relationship between Bella and Edward would be described as obsessive. If Edward is in her life, Bella is wonderful. If Edward is absent from her life, Bella is emotionally distraught.

Even though Edward is “noble” about waiting for sex, Bella’s desire to have pre-marital sex is woven throughout the books. I would go as far as saying that she is obsessed with having sex and she is vehemently opposed to marriage. The sexual tension is described many times, especially as the series continues. Honestly, no junior higher or high schooler needs any of this as their “role model” for teenage relationships.

I remember watching the movies “Footloose,” “Grease,” and “The Breakfast Club” in junior high and high school. I remember reading Danielle Steele romance novels later in high school. I KNOW these affected my perception (or should I say misperceptions) of romance and relationships.

If your kids have been asking to read this series, I would say no. I’ve told Austin that. He’s not happy because it seems that he’s the only 7th grader who isn’t reading the books (he’s also informed me that he’s the only 7th grader who doesn’t have a cell phone, too–but we’ll save that for another post!).

If you have a son or daughter who is already reading the series or has read any of the books in the series, I suggest that you read the books yourself and engage your child in a discussion about some of the less-than-ideal elements of the books.

Our kids need us to step into their world and engage them in discussing the things their friends are talking about. And everyone in the teenage world seems to be talking about the Twilight series and now the Twilight movies.

As moms…we need to know what we’re talking about and be willing to lead our kids to make good choices.

What about you? Are there any books, movies, or television shows that you have chosen to say no to?

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